Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Top Dog: And Other Doggone Delightful Expressions” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Top Dog: And Other Dog...
Carli Davidson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Top Dog: And Other Doggone Delightful Expressions

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  19 reviews
From the lens of expert animal photographer and New York Times bestselling author Carli Davidson, an adorable cast of canine characters star in this doggone delightful tribute to everyone's favorite idioms, from "working like a dog" to "the dog days of summer." These endearing and hilarious images are sure to make any animal enthusiast smile in "two shakes of a dog's tail! ...more
ebook, 36 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Chronicle Books (CA)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Top Dog, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Top Dog

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.84  · 
Rating details
 ·  81 ratings  ·  19 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Top Dog: And Other Doggone Delightful Expressions
Jon Nakapalau
Really fun book that uses dogs to capture all the idiomatic terms we use expressively - 'work like a dog' for example - fun 'give me a smile' book. ...more
☼Book her,   Danno☼
~ review copy provided

TOP DOG is a book that is going to appeal to dog lovers.

In this book Carli has fun with doggone expressions, like: "Two Shakes of a Dog's Tail" and "Working Like a Dog".

Some expressions work better than others, but the photos of the dogs are beautiful and silly and you aren't likely to hear complaints.

A variety of breeds are shown. There are Pitbulls, Great Danes and even a Goldendoodle. At the end of the book the dogs are introduced to the reader. To one-up the fun to in
Megan (ReadingRover)
Cute book with fabulous photography depicting common sayings relating to dogs. I just wish there was a bit more to it. I’m wavering between 2 & 3 stars. Photos amazing. Sayings cute. Substance not much.
Nancy Kotkin
Text: 2 stars
Photography: 4 stars

Though the photographs are cute and expertly executed, I'm not clear what the purpose of this picture book is. The idioms are not defined, merely listed. There isn't any other text until the last two page spreads, which feature head shots and 1 or 2 lines of description about all the specific dogs featured in the photographs throughout the book. They are all shelter or rescue dogs. But I wonder if those pages might be better served with more general information o
Real-life canines ranging in size from Ducky, a three-pound Chihuahua, to Sherman, a massive English mastiff, star in this amusing examination of dog-related idioms. From the front cover that shows just what it means to be a "top dog" to the back cover with its depiction of dogs holding or standing on equipment related to construction work to represent "working like a dog," this title amuses and informs readers and might be helpful in helping second language learners or early readers understand ...more
Kid Lit Reviews
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twenty-one dogs, and their friends, physically express 14 idioms and conversational expressions related to dogs. With the help of props, these dogs model each phrase, making it easy for children to understand the meaning. Adults will be familiar with each of the 14 idioms, but many, if not most, will be new to young children. This will not stop youngsters from enjoying these sometimes-silly dogs from expressing its given idiom. A beautiful white pit bull is the “junkyard dog,” . . .

Following the
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ed-230-books
Very funny and interesting book that was more about actual pictures instead of illustrations and depicting emotions or feelings but with dogs. I would love to use this book in the younger grades such as Kinder and 1st grade to help them understand how we should be expressing what we are feeling or thinking throughout the day.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I expected Berry to like this more considering how much she gets into Underwater Doggies 1,2,3, but alas, that was not the case. I enjoyed the dog photographs, though! The inclusion of phrases containing "dog" was a neat twist; I didn't realize there were so many. ...more
Timothy Farring
I think this would be a good book to have for a literary unit on idioms. I think that the pictures of these dogs are not only amazing but they are very cute and can keep any reader that loves dogs engaged for the entire book.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think my middle school students would get a kick out of this book of dog idioms (dog and pony show, raining cats and dogs) told through photographs of actual animal models. The back includes a pictoral biography of each featured dog. A must read for lovers of dogs and figurative language.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pbf-dogs
Great photos of the dogs.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a cute book!
Good for idioms unit.
Age: Infant-1st grade

A cute collection of dog-related idioms paired with fun photography. A glossary of the dogs with one sentence descriptions provides for additional reading for dog-lovers.
2.5/5 Stars

Top Dog: And Other Doggone Delightful Expressions was okay, I liked it but I didn't love it. It's a very short book, filled with very common "dog" expressions we hear all the time, accompanied by a staged picture. At the end of the book were the cast of (dog) characters and a short bio. I liked it okay but was ultimately underwhelmed by it. The pictures were lovely, but clearly staged, and the one with the hot dog (view spoiler)
Robert Gowdy
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: educators teaching about animals
Decent story about dogs. A collection of interesting photos of dogs doing interesting things. Has topics of dogs in general, and differing breeds of dogs. I would recommend this to any age because the book itself does not slide one way or another. It can be applied to multiple ages and applied to multiple topics that include dogs.
My students will LOVE this one! It is a collection of expressions that use the word "dog" in them, illustrated with photos of adorable dogs. "Back matter" (using that term lightly) includes "biographies" of the models. ...more
Miss Sarah
Real life pictures of dogs illustrate common sayings about them. Preschool and up
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute pictures. Simplistic dog phrases, but fun nonetheless.
Rebecca Ocampo
rated it it was amazing
Jun 14, 2019
rated it liked it
Sep 03, 2016
Leilani Nobel
rated it liked it
May 29, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Jun 12, 2018
Eliot Reads
rated it really liked it
Apr 24, 2017
Ben Carter
rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2020
Helaina Storie
rated it really liked it
May 01, 2017
rated it really liked it
Dec 01, 2018
rated it liked it
Dec 23, 2017
Cathy Estrada
rated it it was ok
Jun 14, 2018
Monica Newcomer
rated it it was amazing
Mar 29, 2021
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Weeds Find a Way
  • The Seventh Wish
  • Red: A Crayon's Story
  • Pig the Pug
  • Love
  • Take Your Pet to School Day
  • Cat Secrets
  • A Tree Is Nice
  • A Rock Can Be...
  • B Is for Baby
  • Dog Rules
  • Milo Imagines the World
  • "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate
  • Chewy Louie
  • Roy Digs Dirt
  • Children Make Terrible Pets
  • What Pet To Get?
  • DogFish
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Juneteenth, observed on June 19th each year, is an American holiday commemorating the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in Galveston,...
57 likes · 9 comments